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The Boise Open is Open

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Nationwide TourThis week the Nationwide Tour rolls into Boise, Idaho, for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health, without 2005 champion, Australian Greg Chalmers.
 
Last year, Chalmers needed 19 holes on Sunday to win the title. After a par saving putt on 18, Chalmers went into a playoff with Danny Ellis where a birdie on the first extra hole ensured the championship after starting the round one stroke ahead of the field.
 
This year, Chalmers is back on the PGA TOUR leaving an opening for a new champion to be crowned at Hillcrest Country Club.
 
Hillcrest, which has become one of Boises most celebrated courses over its 60 year existence, is a private course offering picturesque views of downtown Boise and the mountains of the Boise Front.
 
The Boise Open presented by First Health will be offering their largest purse ever of $650,000, with $108,000 going to the winner.
 
This week, past Boise Open champions Scott Gump and Michael Long, are in the field. Gump and Long are both looking for a much needed jump up the money list as they sit at 278th and 43rd respectively.
 
In addition, nine of the top ten players on this years money list will be in attendance, including all players in the top five. Also last weeks winner, journeyman Craig Kanada, will be in attendance as he hopes to continue his great play coming off his first professional win in his 16 year career.
 
All four rounds of the Boise Open will be aired on The Golf Channel, beginning on Thursday, Sept. 14th at 5:00 PM EST.
 
Next up, the Nationwide Tour heads to Junction City, Oregon for the 2006 Oregon Classic presented by Kendall Automotive Group.
 
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